§ Mr. Petherick
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he contemplates the implementation of his undertaking to return the Fire Services to local control.
§ Mr. H. Morrison
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have had preliminary discussions with representative local authority associations about the post-war organisation of the fire service. The associations and their constituent members are now considering the problem in the light of the statements made by my right hon. Friend and myself and will meet us again to let us know their views.